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Gulf County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Gulf County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Seat Port St. Joe
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

745 sq mi (1,930 km²)

190 sq mi (492 km²), 25.52%
 - (2000)
 - Density

23/sq mi (9/km²)
Founded 6 June 1925

Gulf County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 13,332. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 13,975 [1]. Its county seat is Port St. Joe, Florida[1].



Gulf County, created in 1925, was named for the Gulf of Mexico. Wewahitchka, was its first county seat and the 1927 Gulf County Courthouse is still in existence. In 1965 the county seat was moved to Port Saint Joe, which under its original name Saint Joseph, had been the site of Florida's first Constitutional Convention in 1838.


Gulf County is heavily Democratic. However, the county tends to vote Republican in statewide and national elections. As of November 2008, there are 9074 registered voters, the Democratic Party 5529 (61%) holds a large advantage over the Republican Party 2853(31%).

The county commission consist of 2 Democrats and 3 Republicans.

Democrats control all other county government (Clerk of the Court, Property Apprasier, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, Tax Collector)

Democrat *Allen Boyd represents the county in the US House of Representatives.

Despite remaining a Democratic stronghold, In the 2008 Presidential election *John McCain carried the county with 69% of the vote.


Entering the Eastern Time Zone

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 745 square miles (1,928 km²), of which, 555 square miles (1,436 km²) of it is land and 190 square miles (492 km²) of it (25.52%) is water.

By way of the Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf County is one of the only counties in the United States to be under two time zones, Eastern and Central in this case. Idaho County, Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon, have parts in both Mountain and Pacific time zones.


Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 13,332 people, 4,931 households, and 3,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,587 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.89% White, 16.94% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,931 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.70% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 114.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,276, and the median income for a family was $36,289. Males had a median income of $27,539 versus $20,780 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,449. About 13.70% of families and 16.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.80% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

In 2004, Gulf County re-elected President George W. Bush by a 2 to 1 margin.

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Other Places


Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2008 69.0% 29.8% 1.2%
2004 66.0% 33.1% 0.9%
2000 57.8% 39.0% 3.2%


Gulf County is served by Gulf County Schools.


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Coordinates: 29°54′N 85°14′W / 29.90°N 85.24°W / 29.90; -85.24

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Gulf County is in Florida.

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